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This crispy salmon recipe is made with just 5 ingredients and takes under 20 minutes to make. Salmon fillets are pan-fried to get the skin nice and crispy, then are topped with toasted coconut chips, honey, and lime juice. Super easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

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The other week I surveyed you guys to see what content you wanted to see more of, and so many of you requested more seafood recipes. As a dietitian and long-time pescatarian, I couldn’t have been happier with that feedback!

I’m super excited to share this delicious crispy salmon with coconut, honey, and lime recipe with you today.

This recipe is made with just 5 ingredients (not including salt + pepper) and takes under 20 minutes to make. Salmon fillets are pan fried to get nice and crispy, and then get topped with toasted coconut chips and a drizzle of honey + lime juice.

It’s a super flavourful salmon recipe that is both dairy-free and gluten-free. Keep on reading to see how to get perfectly crispy salmon, and what to serve this dish with!

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How To Cook Crispy Salmon

  1. To make perfectly crispy salmon on the stove, you’ll need to start by heating a frying pan over high heat.
  2. Then, add about a tablespoon or so of cooking oil to the pan. I like to use avocado oil in this case – it’s a heart-healthy oil with a high smoke point, meaning it can handle the high heat of the frying pan without getting smoky.
  3. Test to make sure the pan is hot enough by splashing a drop of water onto the pan. If it sizzles, it’s ready!
  4. Take your salmon fillets and place them skin side down onto the pan. Cook the salmon for about 3-5 minutes (depending on the thickness of your salmon), using a spatula to press the salmon down.
  5. Check the sides of the salmon as you cook them. They should start to turn from translucent to opaque on the sides. Once you see this happening, flip the fish so the skin-less side is touching the pan. Turn off the heat, and let the fish continue to cook for about a minute or two. The goal is to get things cooked on the outside, but still tender and juicy on the inside.
  6. Once done, transfer the salmon to a serving plate, leaving the crispy skin on. This crispy salmon is best enjoyed immediately to preserve the texture!

PS. If you’d prefer to use baked salmon instead, follow the instructions in this recipe. You can top the baked salmon with the toasted coconut, honey, and lime juice as well!

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What To Serve With Pan Fried Salmon

As salmon provides a healthy source of protein and fat, try serving this salmon with a fibre-rich carbohydrate and some vegetables to balance out the meal. Below are some great side dishes to serve this crispy salmon with:

Or perhaps you’d like to serve this crispy salmon with a refreshing side salad:

The opportunities are endless!

Salmon Nutrition Benefits

Salmon is an excellent source of quality, complete protein:

  • a 3-ounce serving provides 17 grams
  • a 6-ounce piece will give you 34 grams

Protein helps to protect bone health and prevent muscle loss, among many other functions!

In addition to protein, salmon is rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3s. Omega-3s are known to support heart health, brain health, and to reduce inflammation overall.

On the micronutrient side, salmon is a great source of B vitamins like:

  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin B6
  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • niacin

B vitamins act as coenzymes in many important metabolic processes throughout your body, such as turning the food we eat into energy!

Salmon is also a good source of minerals like potassium and selenium.

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Get the Recipe: Crispy Salmon With Coconut, Honey & Lime

This crispy salmon recipe is made with just 5 ingredients and takes under 20 minutes to make. Salmon fillets are pan-fried to get the skin nice and crisp, then are topped with toasted coconut chips, honey, and lime juice. Super easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 salmon fillets (fresh or thawed)
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut chips

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the juice of one lime with honey. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle tops of salmon fillets with a little bit of salt and pepper.
  • Heat a frying pan over high heat. Add avocado oil to the pan.
  • Test to make sure the pan is hot enough by splashing a drop of water onto the pan. If it sizzles, it's ready! Take your salmon fillets, then place them skin side down onto the pan. Cook the salmon for about 3-5 minutes (depending on the thickness of your salmon), using a spatula to press the fish down.
  • Check the sides of the salmon as you cook them. They should start to turn from translucent to opaque on the sides. Once you see this happening, flip the fish so the skin-less side is touching the pan. Turn off the heat, and let the fish continue to cook for about a minute or two. The goal is to get things cooked on the outside, but still tender and juicy on the inside.
  • While the salmon cooks, you can toast the coconut at the same time. Heat a separate frying pan over low and add the coconut chips to the pan. Stir continuously with a spatula, until the chips are lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer the salmon to a serving plate, leaving the crispy skin on. Top fillets with honey + lime mixture, and the toasted coconut chips. This crispy salmon is best enjoyed immediately to preserve the texture!

Notes

*If you’d prefer to use baked salmon instead of pan-fried salmon, follow the instructions in this recipe. You can top the baked salmon with the toasted coconut, honey, and lime juice as well!
*This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. Enjoy with a side of fibre-rich carbohydrates, veggies, or a salad!

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